As we approach the final stage of the #EyesOnEarth
contest , it’s time to introduce you to the jury! These experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in
environmental conservation, sustainable business models, and green entrepreneurship.
Hichem Salem, Project Manager – Green Entrepreneurship at MedWaves: With 20 years of experience
in the International Development Sector in the MENA region, he has made significant contributions to various
NGOs in the Mediterranean. He has previously served as a program coordinator at the International Union for
Conservation of Nature (UICN).
Joanna Grodzka, Project Manager – Green Entrepreneurship (GIMED project) at MedWaves: Thanks to
her experience in entrepreneurship, communication, management and SME development, she brings significant
expertise to the jury panel. Her responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the GIMED Green Impact
Dr. Michele Bozzano, Head – Mediterranean and Genetic Resources Facilities at the European Forest
Institute: Researcher and expert in forest landscape restoration and forest diversity conservation, he is
currently coordinating the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme. He contributed to the development of
innovative indicators for monitoring forest tree diversity conservation.
Maya Karkour, Founder – EcoConsulting: Environmental and Circular Economy Specialist,
eco-Entrepreneur, and managing director of EcoConsulting, a specialized sustainability consultancy, she is
passionate about training and coaching green entrepreneurs and has actively promoted the circular economy and
sustainable practices in Lebanon.
Kamal Bou Assi, Project Coordinator – BioConnect: Hailing from Mount Lebanon, he began his
journey in environmental conservation at Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve in 2008. From 2010 to 2014, he
coordinated the “Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism” project in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve. Currently, he
serves as the project coordinator for the EU-funded project “Bioconnect”.